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Amid sabotage plots and financial woes Bahrain plots O&G infrastructure expansion

The 10 November explosion at an oil pipeline near the village of Buri, 15km from Manama, caused no causalities, but it did force the temporary suspension of Saudi crude flows through Bahrain. The incident was quickly seized on by officials as being...

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Iraq: Baghdad’s advance north shatters Kurdish dreams of oil independence

The Kurdish collapse in mid-October was swift, with Iraqi forces backed by the Shia-dominated Hashd Al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation Units) quickly taking control of the Bai Hassan and Avana oilfields near Kirkuk run by state-owned North Oil Company...

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Saga joins Iranian solar energy rush

Norway’s Saga Energy has signed a €2.5bn ($2.9bn) contract to build solar power plants in Iran, the latest in a growing trend for large renewable energy deals involving European companies in the Islamic Republic. The deal, signed with state-owned...

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Adnoc rebranded as a tide of change sweeps through the UAE’s oil giant

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) chief executive Sultan Al-Jaber’s corporate rebranding, announced on 15 October, is the latest move to shake up the UAE’s oil and gas apparatus. It continues a two-year programme of change which is designed...

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Saudi Arabia: Solar power is cheaper than gas at breakthrough project in Dubai

The record-breaking low tariff agreed in September between Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) and the ACWA Power-Shanghai Electric consortium to build the fourth phase of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Solar Park will not only deliver...

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Kuwait: Kufpec’s Thai deal cancelled

Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (Kufpec) has pulled out of a deal to buy a 22% interest in the Bongkot gas and condensate field and other concessions in the Gulf of Thailand from oil major Royal Dutch Shell. The deal had been announced...

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Morocco refinery problems for Al-Amoudi/Al-Sultan empire

Despite moves to mobilise new finance, concern is growing in Morocco about the financial health of the North African kingdom’s only refinery, operated by Société Marocaine d’Industrie de Raffinage (Samir) at Mohammedia, and its ability to remain the dominant player in the national products market. This follows the announcement of losses in 2014 and questions about the ability ...

Issue 993 - 21 May 2015

Financial and political agenda underpins Gulf commitments

The massive support from Gulf-based institutions for a new and hugely ambitious programme of power sector investments in Egypt may not be as quixotic as it first appears. The intention to back multi-gigawatt coal and renewable generation projects – announced at a conference in Sharm El-Sheikh in mid-March by seven large developers from Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait – is underpinned ...

Issue 990 - 2 April 2015

Iraq: Baghdad and KRG finally agree on oil revenues

The Iraqi federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) announced a draft agreement on sharing oil revenues on 2 December, following two days of negotiations between federal Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi and KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani. The deal, which builds on a temporary agreement signed in November, still needs to be approved by parliament and written into the 2015 budget. ...

Issue 983 - 11 December 2014

Russia considers nuclear co-operation with Iran

While in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated Tehran’s intention to continue working with Moscow on nuclear energy. “We are negotiating power generation using nuclear energy with Russia,” Rouhani told journalists on 27 September. “We will continue co-operation with Russia, as well as with other nations.”Rouhani said Tehran was, so far, satisfied ...

Issue 980 - 30 October 2014

Arbitration rules in Crescent’s favour versus NIOC

An international arbitration panel examining the failed deal between Crescent Petroleum and the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) to supply gas to the UAE has determined that the 25-year contract was valid and binding, and that NIOC has therefore been obligated to deliver gas since December 2005, according to a 10 August statement from Crescent’s partner Dana Gas. Crescent said it ...

Issue 976 - 4 September 2014

Oman: Government extends curb on foreign workers

Oman is to extend curbs on the hiring of foreign workers in the construction and housekeeping sectors as part of efforts to save more jobs for local citizens and limit outflows of money from the economy. The hiring of expatriates by private companies in those two sectors will be banned for six months from 4 May, the official Oman News Agency (...

Issue 968 - 17 April 2014

Improving relations between Baghdad and Ankara put KRG on edge

Recent promises to mend relations between the Kurdistan Regional Government and Baghdad have not led to any real progress on disputes over politics, land and oil. And as Baghdad makes overtures towards its former sparring partner – and close Kurdish ally – Turkey, the government. The 29 April framework accord signed by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki and Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime ...

Issue 958 - 14 November 2013

Iraqi Kurdistan: Dana Gas takes KRG to court

The largest energy investor in Iraqi Kurdistan, Sharjah-based Dana Gas, has begun arbitration proceedings against the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) at the London Court of International Arbitration. Dana and its partners in Iraq say they want to “clarify certain contractual rights”, and recoup more than $1bn in unpaid receivables. The KRG says there are no outstanding receivables and that, in ...

Issue 957 - 31 October 2013

Qatar gas swap deal with Egypt collapses


Back in April, with relations between Qatar and then Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi looking strong, Qatar agreed to supply between 18 and 24 LNG cargoes to Egypt, which desperately needed gas to fulfill supply contracts and meet summer domestic demand. But disagreements over pricing saw the number of cargoes fall to 13 and, by mid to late August, reports started to surface that ...

Issue 954 - 19 September 2013

QP seeks increased role

Qatar will start supplying Dubai with liquefied natural gas in 2011, once the Qatargas 4 project is completed, Qatar Petroleum (QP) gas development manager Khalid Mohammed Al-Hitmi told GSN. Qatargas 4 is a joint venture between

Issue 888 - 29 October 2010

Qatar throws Benghazi a lifeline

Doha’s offer to buy crude from the interim council puts it at the forefront of initiatives to end the Qadhafi regime

Issue 898 - 8 April 2011

Kurdish oil compromise masks deep divisions

The Kurdistan regional and Iraqi federal governments have reached a temporary agreement on the export of oil from the Kurdistan region. But a resolution could yet be blocked in Baghdad where oil policy is still going nowhere

Issue 894 - 11 February 2011

Retired Bush-era officials make good in Kurdistan

While US diplomacy may not be getting very far in Baghdad – vice president Joe Biden’s recent visit did not lead to any breakthrough in negotiations on a new government – former diplomats and officials are doing well in Iraqi Kurdistan, acting as advisers to the Kurdistan Regional Government or its commercial partners

Issue 882 - 30 July 2010

Ambitious Crescent ties up with the Russians

Sharjah-based company’s oil and gas exploration deal with Rosneft will focus on the Mena region

Issue 878 - 4 June 2010

Iran looks east to outmanoeuvre sanctions

As the United States pushes for further sanctions over Iran’s nuclear programme, China’s emergence as a major player in oil production threatens to undermine efforts to target the Islamic Republic’s besieged energy industry

Issue 872 - 5 March 2010

Gamble pays off for Qatar’s LNG masterplan

Qatar ‘bet the farm’ on LNG but, more than a decade later, its determination has paid off

Issue 870 - 29 January 2010

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Saudi Arabia: Riyadh’s power play pivots Beirut back into a political vacuum

Saad Hariri’s extended sojourn in Riyadh, widely believed to be at King Salman Bin Abelaziz’s pleasure – or rather...

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Iran: Greater security, more confidence in region

While US President Donald Trump’s administration and his supporters in Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Manama like to portray Iran as...

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Aramco IPO doubts cast further gloom over Saudi reform plans

In the run-up to the latest effort to establish Saudi Arabia’s credentials as a forward-looking hub for investment, clouds...

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